Planning Meeting #1 Notes

February 24th, 2011 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (2 Comments)

So we had our first planning meeting last night (Feb 23rd) where 8 of us, not the full Arran lineup, got the first chance to run through the dx’pedition and some of the main points which came out were;

Bands of operating:

  • 2 x HF voice
  • 1 x HF data / HF CW
  • 6m SSB and data (JT6m/ISCAT/FSK441)
  • 4m SSB and data (JT6m/ISCAT/FSK441)
  • 2m SSB and data (FSK441) We will probably only be operating 2m /P using the call GS6PYE/P.
  • 2m/70cm satellites (with a working rotator this year)

Antennas will be:

  • 160m – Inverter L
  • 80m and 40m – 1/4 verticals
  • 20m/15m/10m – Spiderbeam
  • 6m – 6 element YU7EF
  • 4m – 7 element YU7EF
  • 2m – 17 element F9FT
  • Sat antennas TBD but cross yagis

As the location of the cottage is not great for VHF to EU we propose to leave Flossie available for /P operation around the island.  Worth mentioning we will use GS3PYE at the cottage and GS6PYE/P for portable operations.

We will also make a better effort to keep everyone updated with the radio aspect of the DX’pedition in the Arran Diary page including frequencies in use etc.

Colin G8TMV will be co-ordinating SOTA and is aiming to activate some of the hills never before been activated on the island.

More points to follow…

Arran 2011 Planning Meeting # 1

February 14th, 2011 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (2 Comments)

The first Camb-Hams Arran 2011 planning meeting will be on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 at the usual place.

From 2nd to 7th April 2011, the Macclesfield and District Amateur Radio Society will be operational from the Isle of Arran off the coast of Scotland.

More info at http://www.southgatearc.org/news/february2011/arran_dxpedition.htm

Check your path to us on Arran

February 10th, 2011 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)

Using the brilliant heywhatsthat site we have setup a profile so you can check the path profile between where you are and where we will be on the West side of the Island of Arran. Zoom out and click on your location on the map and check which hills are in the way above.


VHF should be excellent from around the Isle of Wight clockwise all the way round to the north.

Arran 2011

February 10th, 2011 | Posted by Gavin, M1BXF in General - (0 Comments)
  • For an overview of the 2011 Arran DX’Pedition please look here.
  • Check out what we are up to is the Arran 2011 diary.

To be updated…